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som·me·lier  audio  (sml-y, sôm-ly) KEY 

NOUN:
A restaurant employee who orders and maintains the wines sold in the restaurant and usually has extensive knowledge about wine and food pairings.

ETYMOLOGY:
French, from Old French, officer in charge of provisions, pack-animal driver, alteration of *sommerier, from sommier, beast of burden, from Vulgar Latin *saumrius ; see summer2


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